New product: I/O terminals for eXtreme Fast Control (XFC)

This I/O family has high data throughput and distributed clock synchronization. See photo.
By Control Engineering Staff August 5, 2008

Minneapolis, MN –  Beckhoff Automation unveiled EtherCAT Terminals for eXtreme Fast Control (XFC), an I/O family with high data throughput and distributed clock synchronization with a jitter of much less than 1 microsecond (& 1μs).

Beckhoff Automation EtherCAT Terminals for eXtreme Fast Control I/O family

Terminals with time stamping latch the exact system time at which edge changes occur.
Output of digital values can occur at precise, predefined times. Oversampling enables value acquisition or set value output with higher time resolution than the communication cycle time.
Distributed clocks with a jitter of & 1μs and time resolution of 1 μs are used for time synchronization across the system. 
Fast I/O is supported by digital EtherCAT I/O Terminals with short input delays or switching times of & 1μs.

XFC control technology allows fast, highly deterministic response times. Its implementation requires integrated support of hardware and software components involved in the control system: EtherCAT as the system fieldbus, EtherCAT terminals as the I/O system, industrial PCs as the control hardware platform, and TwinCAT as the automation and control software.

Beckhoff Automation

–  Control Engineering News Desk
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